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1. Site Prep
Lightly prep the area to be Lighthoofed.
Remove any large rocks or debris and fence animals out temporarily.
If desired, create sub-base drainage features such as a swale or slope.
Create edge protection around the perimeter of your panels by laying a landscape lumber (railroad tie, etc) border or sloping the edges down by 10-12 cm for a smooth transition.
Roll out geotextile fabric over existing muddy surface.
- Overlap the edges by 45 cm.
We recommend a 170 -240 gm non-woven geotextile.
You can find geotextile fabric at your local building or landscape supply or you can order from us here at Paddock Safe.
3. Stretch ‘n’ Stake
Starting at the close end of your area, pre-stretch and stake out your first Lighthoof panel using temporary metal or wood stakes.
Fill the panel with gravel to about 2-5 cm over the tops of the cells. Remove the stakes, and repeat steps 1-4 with another section.
Make sure the gravel you select is a fine crushed mix with angular, not rounded, edges. Pea gravel is not suitable.
NOTE: Panels can be driven on with a truck or tractor once filled with gravel, but be careful that there is enough over fill and/or compaction to prevent tyres from digging in and crushing the tops of the cells.
Compact the whole area evenly and thoroughly.
Add more gravel if cells become exposed.
A vibrating plate compactor from your local tool rental works best.
For tips on perfecting gravel compaction, download the full installation guide at
Once the base is compacted, you may wish to add another couple of inches of uncompacted gravel, sand, or any desired footing for a softer surface.